Thursday, April 13, 2006

Can you believe it!
Buddy got an entire hour on Finebaum!
Every caller was positive. One even called Finebaum's radio show "Entertainment Headquarters"!

Paul called the interview "one of the best shows we've had in a long time." He quoted Ronnie Quarles of WTBC as saying Buddy's appearance on Wally & Dave's Morning Show was one of their best shows ever.
Later Paul called his interview with Buddy "a dream come true!" and told Buddy to come back and "stay all summer!"

I talked to Buddy just after the interview as he was getting into the elevator and he was so pleased.

What a wonderful day! Thank you Paul Finebaum!


P.S. Let me know if you want me to shoot you an mp3
sample of "The Day Bear Bryant Died"!

From :
Chris W. Royer
Sent :
Thursday, April 13, 2006 3:15 PM
To :

Subject :

just want to say thanks for your CUBA, ALABAMA Blog and the
postings about Mr. Buie and Orbison and ARS. Very enjoyable and
informative. Please keep them coming!
A fan,

From :
charlie mears
Sent :
Thursday, April 13, 2006 6:46 PM
To :
robert register
Subject :

Thank you so much Robert.
Charlie Mears
Midlothian, TX

From :
Sent :
Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:52 AM
To :
"robert o register"
Subject : Roy O

Well, I got what I asked for. I wanted you to blog and when I read the interview, I had tears in my eyes. Such is life.......

RE: You,BB, Are NOT The Only One Who Will Get The Bear Bryant Story Behind My Ignacio Spam!
Tue, 4 Apr 2006 11:53:40 -0500
"Harrison Parrish"
"robert register"

Now Robert this is sho nuff cool...

"Pat Bond"
Day bear died
Thu, 06 Apr 2006 19:54:41 -0500


LaJuana Green forwarded this to me and I just wanted to let you know that it is great.
Hope you don't mind if I forward on to some more BAMA fans.
LaJuana, said that Buddy Buie wrote the song.

I live next to Gloria's brother and sister-in-law and also went to Dothan High a couple of years behind Gloria. My mother also taught at Dothan High for years .
Great job
Patsy (Wells) Bond

"Jeri Cooley"
"robert register"
Re: The Day Bear Bryant Died
Fri, 7 Apr 2006 08:42:23 -0400

WOW !!


Ronnie's voice on this song gave me goosebumps like I had when Elton John sang at Princess Diana's funeral !! Very moving....

Thank you !


"stephen carter"
Fri, 7 Apr 2006 09:12:07 -0400

I've been sitting back in voyeuristic style enjoying Lajuana's
sojourn with you through the music of our lives.
Thank you.
I'm writing
now because of your tribute song to Coach. After listening the memories
have come, first in a trickle and now a deluge. Here in the Carolinas
you have the title of "story teller", a phrase only used for our most
esteemed brothers and sisters.
Roll Tide

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 07:43:56 -0500
"Gregg Line"
"robert register"
Re: lost song mp3

Thanks so much for sending this. I really enjoyed it.
Will anything be done with it commercially? I mean, it would most likely be
at a local level.
Buie is one of the greatest song writers ever. He,
like ARS, deserves so much more recognition than they've received.
Thanks for bringing this out.
Gregg Line (in the western 'burbs of Chicago)

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 15:43:29 -0000
"Wild Bill"

I would love to hear Buddy and Ronnie's song. Please send attachment to
me. Thanks so much!
Also, thanks to your blog site, I have been in touch with Buddy and
Robert after many years!
Wild Bill from Milledgeville (keepin that georgia rhythm)

Tue, 11 Apr 2006 12:54:49 -0700 (PDT)
"Lance Miccio"
Re: Even When I Travel To The Holy Island For Solace, I Get Not Respect From The "Cuba,AL" Gang!
"robert register"

hey Brutha

thanks for the Canned Heat spot


Thu, 13 Apr 2006 08:45:36 -0400
Re: [ChampagneJam] BUDDY BUIE said," We all piled into my '55 Chevrolet & went on the road with Roy Orbison!"

thanks for that interview, also thanks to Buddy and Ronnie for sharing this story....Roy was one of my favorite entertainers, loved his mystery and passion....and strangely enough, well not so strange, one of my daughter's as well.
I am forwarding this interview to her, she will love the story...We had the privilege of knowing John Rainey and David Adkins , my X played with them around Dothan, Montgomery, Selma, Columbus and Atlanta for a while.
Thanks again!

"Bob Blevins"
Thu, 13 Apr 2006 16:08:26 -0000
[ChampagneJam] Re: BUDDY BUIE said," We all piled into my '55 Chevrolet & went on the road with Roy Orbison!"

Great stuff Robert! Please keep it coming.

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 10:29:31 -0700 (PDT)
"Walter Mitchell"
Re: Fwd: [ChampagneJam] BUDDY BUIE said," We all piled into my '55 Chevrolet & went on the road with Roy Orbison!"

I'd like an Mp3 of the Bear Bryant song. Thanks. Enjoyed this interview a lot.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ronnie Hammond & Buddy Buie
photo courtesy of Wild Bill

Hey Y'all:
Buddy Buie is supposed to be on Finebaum

tomorrow at 3 CDT.

If any of y'all would like an mp3 sample of Ronnie Hammond & Buddy Buie's "THE DAY BEAR BRYANT DIED", shoot me a request via email!

I have finally transcribed the entire 19 minute first track of Buddy's interview on Wally & Dave's Morning Show on TBC on March 15.

Who knows when I'll get the whole thing on the Net!

But I decided to go ahead and shoot out some of the part about the Big O [not Otis but close].

Buddy: Now what's your next question you asked me?

Ronnie: How'd you hook up with Roy Orbison?

Buddy: In Dothan, Alabama. This was before any of this had happened.
In Dothan, there was the Houston County Farm Center there and I started promoting shows. I used to have dances at the local recreation center and things of that kind.

Wally: He was the Tiger Jack of Dothan!

Buddy: Yeah, I've heard a lot about Tiger Jack!


Ronnie: He used to do that here at Ft. Brandon Armory.

Buddy: We probably played for him!

Ronnie: We've got pictures of y'all on our website.

Buddy: Oh great! Yeah! I remember that armory very well. I had a show... my first big show was Roy Orbison. I loved Roy Orbison. I told you I loved radio and I loved songs. I was just mesmerized with "Only The Lonely" and even a couple of things before that. I thought he was sensational so I called. I found out who he was with. It was Acuff-Rose Agency in Nashville and I called them & they said,"Sure, he'd love to come down there!" and I said,"How much is it gonna be?" and it was $600!


Dave:WOO! That was big money!

Wally: That was a world of money!

Buddy: $600. Even then I thought it was a bargain. He came down. In those days, big artists traveled with like a guitar player & a music director and they did. Fred Carter was his guitar player and they told me,"Does your band read?"
Well, of course, they didn't read music!


Wally: I read in that article about you that they DID read music!
They said that they DID read!

Buddy: They full of crap!


Buddy: They might have learned over years of osmosis...


Buddy: They were just country boys, played by ear as most session players at that time were...

The guys in Muscle Shoals, I betcha none of those guys, maybe some of 'em did, the horn players and stuff but most guitar players don't read.
So I said,"Sure! They READ!"
So they said,"We're gonna bring down some arrangements."
Well, immediately we go to the Dothan Recreation Center and start rehearsing and John Rainey Adkins, one of my guitar heroes, & one of the guys that, he passed on, God bless him, we practiced and practiced and John Rainey, he would play a record backwards or slow it down to the slowest spead and learn parts and to make a long story short, by the time Orbison came to town, these guys sounded like his records!

Dave: Wow!

Buddy: They had it down! So he came, got on stage for rehearsal. So he said,"Y'all boys read?"
So he handed them all this music, you know...


Buddy: And so they counted off,"One,two, three, four [Buddy imitating Orbison]
"I was all right for a while!"
RIGHT! So at the end of the song, Orbison said,"God O' Mighty!"


Buddy: "God O' Mighty! That sounds great!"


Buddy: He's a country boy from Wink, Texas, a small town, like we were small town guys from Dothan, Alabama.

Ronnie: Wink, Texas.

Buddy: Yeah, close to Odessa.

Ronnie: Yeah. I used to live out there.

Buddy: Yeah, did you really? I played a lot of joints out there.

Ronnie: I lived in San Angelo.

Buddy: Did ya?

Ronnie: Yeah.

Buddy: & Orbison, by the end of the night, by the time he left Dothan, we'd become friends and it led from there. He came back, played another show, finally he said,"Man, I'd love to take this band on the road!"
I said,"You're not taking that band on the road unless you take me!!!!"


Dave: Oh, that's right!


Buddy: I had a '55 Chevrolet and we piled into it. Bobby Goldsboro was the rhythm guitar player!

Ronnie: Oh, man!

Buddy: We all piled into my '55 Chevrolet and went on the road with Roy Orbison!

Ronnie: Wow!

Wally: You were his road manager, right?

Buddy: I was his road manager and he is...
I gotta say; I've said it in other interviews and things; there's no telling how many times I saw him perform.
There was never a time when I saw him perform that the hair didn't stand up on my arm!


Buddy: & he was one of the sweetest human beings you would ever want to meet. He had a song one time called "If You Can't Say Something Nice, Don't Say Anything At All".
That's pretty much the motto he lived by. I never heard him say anything bad about anybody else.
He was just one of those guys that did not deserve all...
First of all, the lack of attention he got!
Everybody thinks of Roy Orbison as being a huge artist during that period. He was huge in England but in America, he had hit records but concert-wise, he was just another Joe & nobody like him deserves what happened. He lost his children in fire. He lost his wife when he was riding down the road on motorcycles.
They went out motorcylce riding together & he was in the lead and he looked back and she wasn't there and the reason she wasn't there was because a guy ran a stop sign and killed her instantly.

Ronnie: That's horrible! Didn't know that...

Buddy: So that's his life. You know about his children burning up, didn't you?


Buddy: He had a house out by Johnny Cash on Hendersonville Lake in Nashville and they were playing with matches or something and I think their nanny was with them and the house burned to the ground.

Dave: Oh, goodness!

Buddy: With the children in it.

Ronnie: Oh, my God!

Buddy: So he lived a tragic, tragic life.

Wally: Why'd he wear those sunglasses?

Buddy: Well, Roy was... you know there are stories that say he started wearing them in Dothan. Is that what you're referring to?

Wally: I just noticed he always had dark sunglasses on.

Buddy: Yeah, dark sunglasses, I always heard he never wore them until, somebody else told me this, he never wore them before and I don't remember it but somebody told me this that when he was in Dothan, he lost his clip-on sunglasses and he had to buy a pair and he liked himself in sunglasses.
He was virtually blind. His glasses were thick like plate glass.
Roy was white. His hair was just white as snow when he was a kid. He dyed that hair. It'd get white. I've seen him.
Oh, I could gush about him for hours!

Ronnie: Well, there was the special, "Black & White". What a great show!

Buddy: Wasn't that great!

Ronnie: Unbelievable!

Buddy: I wrote with him right after that and that's another tragic thing about his death.
All of his life, he'd not really had all the adulation the he deserved. He didn'nt know that Bruce Springsteen thought he was "GOD"!


Buddy: He didn't know this. All these people...
How they felt about him.

Ronnie: So that was a big moment for him.

Buddy: It was HUGE for him! & finally, his idol was Elvis, and finally he got a little of that Elvis type attention...


Buddy: & then right after that he came to Atlanta and wrote with Ronnie Hammond and I. We had a song called "Awesome Love". Roy called me and said,"Man, I love your song "Awesome Love". I wanna come down and put my touch to it."
I said, "Come on!"
So he came to Atlanta, stayed there at my house for three or four days and that's the last time I saw him. He died not long after that.

Dave: My Goodness!

Buddy: It was heartbreaking.

Ronnie: Yeah.